About Stuart

Stuart Downey is a Dispute Resolution Partner in the TWM Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes team, working out of the firm’s Guildford office. Stuart has many years’ experience in the firm’s Private Client team, including all aspects of estate and succession planning. He has particular interests in cross-border estates, inheritance tax and estate planning, complex Wills and trusts. He has dealt with UK and international individuals, including high net worth individuals, their families and trustees. He also has extensive experience dealing with elderly and vulnerable clients.

Stuart deals with all types of Trust and Estate Disputes including:

  • Lack of testamentary capacity;
  • Lack of due execution;
  • Lack of knowledge and approval of the Will;
  • Undue influence or duress;
  • Fraud or forgery;
  • Rectification and construction;
  • Inheritance Act claims for spouses, former spouses, cohabitees, children, and financial dependents;
  • Breach of Trust by Trustees;
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties.

Stuart is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), and the Law Society Private Client Section and is recommended in the current edition of the Legal 500. He is currently studying to become an Associate Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Stuart is also a Notary Public, which is an internationally recognised legal professional, with the jurisdiction to authenticate and certify the execution of documents required or intended for use abroad. A Notary Public is usually required when dealing with overseas matters, but in some instances, a Notary Public’s services may also be required for use in England & Wales. A Notary’s primary role is the preparation, validation and/or certification of documents and transactions under an official seal, in order for them to be accepted in countries outside the UK.

If you have any queries regarding Trusts or Estates, or if you need a document notarising, please do not hesitate to contact Stuart.

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Construction and Interpretation of Wills

Issues of construction and interpretation can be awkward and difficult to resolve. We have considerable experience in the professional drafting of Wills and trusts.

Contentious Probate Estate Administration

Even with a Will that is valid, numerous problems and issues can arise in relation to the administration of a deceased person’s estate.

Financial Abuse or Manipulation of Vulnerable Adults

Elderly or infirm persons can be subject to manipulation of care, welfare and finance. TWM has specialist knowledge in relation to these issues.

Inheritance Act Claims

You can claim for reasonable financial provision from a deceased person’s estate if the conditions are right, find out how TWM can assist you.

Mediation in Wills Disputes

In our specialist area of contentious trust and probate work, we refer the majority of our cases to mediation.

Will Challenges

Courts cannot set aside or vary the provisions of Wills simply because certain family members consider that they have not been treated fairly.

Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes

We provide a friendly and sympathetic service to our clients to achieve a resolution, advising on probate, Will disputes and estate administration.

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